A Guide to Getting Your Growler Filled in Dallas

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Our pants, palates and cheery dispositions continue to expand to along with the local craft beer scene. And as more breweries continue to pop up across North Texas, finding a local beer at a local bar is no longer a matter of availability, rather choice.

Growler filling stations are a nice amenity to the local craft scene. Basically, these are spots where you can bring your own bottle -- a growler -- get it filled and take it home to drink. Also some brewers don't bottle or can their beers (yet) and so the only way to enjoy, say, Peticolas, in the comforts of your own abode is to get a keg or, perhaps more practical, a growler.

See Also:
- A Beginner's Guide to Growlers

Growlers were born back in the late 1800s and just like low high-waisted jeans, everything that comes around, goes away, then comes back around. Or something like that.

According to Texas state law, only restaurants and bars with beer and wine permits are allowed to fill growlers. Spots that sell hard liquor can't fill growlers. Also, breweries can't fill growlers, at say a brewery tour, because Texas law does not allow them to sell beer for off-site consumption.

Some filling stations top off each growler with a touch of CO2, basically preserving the beer for a longer amount of time -- up to two weeks. If beer is poured straight from the tap, then it usually needs to be consumed within a couple of days. So, ask your server about the CO2 situation to make sure you don't pour yourself a flat beer a week or two later.

Pricing
Growlers are relatively inexpensive -- $5 or $6 for a 12-ounce bottle, up to $38 for stainless steel mini-keg growlers at Craft and Growler. Most places will fill a growler from anywhere else. For example, LUCK will fill a growler purchased at Craft & Growler.

After you've purchased yourself a growler, getting it filled is highly economical. Prices obviously vary, but you can get a 12-ounce fill of a local craft beer for $2.99 up to $20 for two-liters of beer.

Here's a list of Dallas spots that fill growlers:

Craft and Growler
Dallas' original filling station, Craft and Growler, offers 42 beers on tap and has a boutique of growlers to choose from -- from small bottles to mini-kegs; glass to stainless steel to plastic. There are shapes, sizes and functionalities for everyone.

A popular scenario is to order a flight of four beers at the bar for $10 to assist the decision making process. Then, they'll wash your growler (because cleanliness sits to the right of craftiness) and top your beer of with a shot of CO2. However, many customers come in just for a growler fill and hang out at the side of the bar. You don't have to order drinks at the bar to get a growler filled.

C&G doesn't serve food, but a food truck often parks outside for special events.

Dallas Beer Kitchen
Dallas Beer Kitchen opened this summer and carries a wide variety of beers from across the country. They have 30 beers on draught and also offer flights of four or eight beers if you want to try a few before you fill your growler. DBK is a restaurant and bar, but you could always stop in just for a growler fill. They don't actually sell growlers yet, so you'll need to purchase one prior to showing up.

LUCK
This relatively new spot in the Trinity Groves focuses on both locally sourced craft beers and fare. Everything on LUCK is served straight from the tap, including wine, cold brewed coffee, and naturally, beer. There are 40 beers on tap to choose from, many born within 20 miles of the restaurant. Growler fills range from $9 to $23 depending on size and they sell them there ($8 to $20).

The Bottle Shop on Greenville (World Beer Co.)
One of the best little craft beer spots in North Texas, the Bottle Shop on Greenville will gladly fill your growler. They have special events, tappings, tastings and the like almost every day. You can buy a growler or bring one in from another spot.

Whole Foods
You can also shop for groceries and get your growler filled at several Whole Foods in North Texas. The stores in Lakewood, Highland Park, Park Lane and Addison all sell growlers and will fill growlers.

Lakewood will get its own growler filling station soon. Lakewood Growler is under construction.

Also, if you're looking for the largest selection of growlers, check out Haus of Growlers, which has an on-line shop and can be found at several bars and stores around town.


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ooozooo
ooozooo

Whole foods Addison has happy hour Monday through Friday 4-7 or 5-7, $1 off growler, flights and pints. You can't beat 64oz of velvet hammer for $8

doofUSA
doofUSA

The Bottle Shop was the original filling station, but I don't recommend anyone go there because they treat it like a private club and if you aren't in the club good luck getting any service.


Craft and Growler is the king.  Patented filling system that no one else can replicate, staff is very knowledgeable, and the best prices from what I have seen around town.


Also heads up on Whole Foods, they only fill 64oz and 32oz growlers and it has to have the surgeon general's warning on it.

P-Rude
P-Rude

The Alcove at 2907 State St in uptown has 8 rotating taps and fills growlers as well.

tb00
tb00

Is it bad form -- or even verboten -- to ask for a fill-up at one place with a growler bought somewhere else?

leeeeeeeeee
leeeeeeeeee

Not sure why this article is so hung up on 12 oz growlers when a strong majority of the fills I see around town (if not all of them)  are priced for 64 oz growlers.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

How long will "growler beer" keep in m frige?


Any tips in refrigerating "growler" beer to keep it fresh and last longer ?


Thanks for any feedback.

sdallnct
sdallnct

@doofUSA I took into Whole Foods a growler with no warning on it (I bought on the net), and they put a sticker on it and simply asked me to not remove the sticker. They were nice, not making a big deal out of it. Also, once I took in a inexpensive glass growler and they "upgraded" the cap for me. So, I have been impressed with Whole Foods. I just wish they would post their taps on FB or Web site. But I'm sure they don't post on purpose. They want you to come in and not only possibly fill a growler, but buy other stuff while in the store. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@doofUSA I haven't had Whole Foods put any sort of restrictions like that on me in Addison.  Which one are you filling at (since it may be a local ordinance)?

B1ng
B1ng

Not in my experience. I've had a few employees recommend buying a better growler than was sold at their establishment.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@tb00 Absolutely not, especially if it is "cool" somewhere else, like my Stone Brewery growler.

danielslauren
danielslauren

"So hung up" = one reference for the sake of price variances. Golden. Noted.

Steeve
Steeve

There is a device you can use to re-carbonate your beer.  It's like a little squirt gun and you use co2 cartidges, like with your old bb gun.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@CitizenKane You're good for 2-5 days, depending on the beer, how heavily charged it was, and how susceptible to oxidation it is.  It is going to oxidize or go flat long before it sours or spoils.  I've finished lots of flattish stouts and porters, for example, because I waited too long but they were still good semi-flat.  (Mother's Little Fracker, for example, is veryforgiving.) 


Also, make sure you get a brown or opaque growler.  The clear ones are damned near useless.  Less than 60 seconds in sunlight will skunk a beer, so you are likely to ruin your beer as soon as you leave your filler joint.  Sunlight kills beer.  Learn it, live it.  (That's why Corona comes with a lime -- it will be skunked on that patio before you can get it to your lips, so the citrus covers that up.)


If you go to a place that charges the growler with CO2 before the pour like C&G, then you can add another 10-14 days on that, if your growler is tightly sealed, and you don't open it.  As soon as you open it, the same 2-5 day clock starts ticking.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

@CitizenKane You can sometimes get an extra week or two (maybe longer) if you tighten the cap and then wrap it in electrical tape. An imperfect solution but I've had growlers keep their carbonation for a couple of weeks like this. But just keep in mind a growler is a temporary vessel, no matter what you do.

DalMarkB
DalMarkB

@CitizenKane It can last for a week or more unopened in the fridge, but once opened I'd suggest drinking within 36 hours max and keeping it cold as much as possible.  

leeeeeeeeee
leeeeeeeeee

@CitizenKanere: refrigerating the growler - There's really no trick to this. Just put it at the bottom of your fridge if you have the type with the freezer on top. The refrigeration won't make it last longer or anything because the real thing to worry about is the level of carbonation still in your beer (see other comment.)

leeeeeeeeee
leeeeeeeeee

@CitizenKane It depends on what type of growler you have.  If you have a screw top 64 oz growler (a majority of the brown jugs you see around town), it'll keep its carbonation for around 4-5 days.  If you have a classic pressure lid like the ones pictured on this article, you can keep your carbonation for 7-9 days (in my experience.)

However, with all things beer, I'd recommend finishing your growler in less than 4 days so you have it when it's at its best.

doofUSA
doofUSA

@everlastingphelps@doofUSA Dallas

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@B1ng In fact, I would say that it would improve your standing in the eyes of most of them, because a growler filler is likely a beer person, and coming in with a growler from anywhere marks you are a reasonably experienced growler drinker.

doofUSA
doofUSA

@danielslaurenI've never once seen a 12oz growler, you sure it wasn't 16oz?  Just asking, not backing up leeeeeee's dumb comment.

doofUSA
doofUSA

@everlastingphelps@CitizenKane once opened (doesn't matter who filled it or their system) it's gonna be kinda flat the next day, and really flat the day after that.  Always best to finish it the day you open it.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@doofUSA @danielslauren 12oz growlers are just beer bottles with caps, like a Grolsch bottle.  (In fact, you can use Grolsch bottles as 12oz growlers.)  They are good for when you want to bring a bunch of different beers with you.


The other way that they are good is when you are getting them at a place with CO2 topping like C&G, because you can take a six pack of them, and get beers that you can open one at a time over a couple of weeks rather than having to drink a whole growler in one or two nights.  (I love doing that, I just don't love dealing with it in the morning.)

danielslauren
danielslauren

Have u seen the small six pack-like bottles at craft and growler? Maybe those were 16s...

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@markzero @everlastingphelps @CitizenKane Actually, they do.  Root beer goes flat and oxidizes just like regular beer.  


Not sure if it skunks, though.  I believe that chemical reaction happens specifically with alcohol, so feel free to use your clear growlers for root beer.

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